Samsung Galaxy Note 5
A Samsung Electronics Galaxy Note 5 smartphone is seen at the company's headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, October 27, 2015. Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji

Samsung is expected to launch the successor to its much popular Galaxy Note 5. The South Korean tech giant is rumoured to release the Galaxy Note 6 as early as July 2016, before the launch of Apple’s iPhone 7. The smartphone will reportedly come with Google’s Android N out-of-the-box.

According to Korean website Bell, Samsung may launch its forthcoming Galaxy Note 6 by mid-July 2016. Apple, on the other hand, is expected to unveil its next iPhone 7 at the annual fall event in September. However, the tech giant is yet to announce the iPhone 7 release date.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 6 will reportedly ship with top-end specs and features including a more vibrant display than its predecessor. The phablet is rumoured to feature a 5.8-inch Slim RGB AMOLED display with a Quad HD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels.

The next iteration of the Note 5 will probably come with a gigantic 6GB of RAM; 64GB, 128GB and 256GB storage options along with microSD card slot. The new handset is believed to tout a pressure-sensitive display with 1,024 pressure points.

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In related news, According to a report in Android Central, Google might not restrict the Android N Developer Preview to its own Nexus devices. The search giant might consider expanding its domain to other Android devices for testing the software and look for OEM partners.

Google’s Android N Developer preview might be released for Samsung’s Galaxy S6, Galaxy Note 5 and Note 4 handsets.

In early March, Google released its Android N Developer Preview exclusively to Nexus owners. The next major Android update is yet to be tagged with an official name.

The search giant is expected to formally announce the next generation of Android operating system at its annual developer conference Google I/O 2016.

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